Intel chips giant presented the details of the new architecture Kaby Lake, together with the seventh generation Core processors last week. Today, almost a week later, AMD lifted the veil of secrecy over the upcoming APU at Bristol Ridge architecture, which will be installed in the new Socket AM4. Interestingly, the new APU also belong to the seventh generation. AMD intends to submit AM4 eight processors. AMD also talked about the new desktop chipsets.
The two low-end models and A6-9500 A6-9500E rely only two physical cores. A6-9500E processor runs at a base frequency of 3.0 GHz, with Turbo mode, it is up to 3.4 GHz. Do we get A6-9500 base frequency of 3.5 GHz, Turbo – 3,8 GHz. As the GPU core is used Radeon R5 six blocks Compute Units have A6-9500 and four in A6-9500E.
All processors are different E reduced by 30 W power consumption to 35 watts. In versions not-E it is 65 watts. AMD also announced a single processor without graphics core – Athlon X4 950. The four cores running at a base frequency of 3.5 GHz, Turbo mode increases the frequency up to 3.8 GHz. A8-9600 processor to four cores adds a graphical block Radeon R7 six Compute Units at 900 MHz.
Two APU A10 is also based on the same graphics engine, the model E it works on 847 MHz in non-E – on 1.029 MHz. Four CPU cores running at the same clock frequencies such as that of the younger APU A6.
AMD unveils new line A12, consisting of the flagship A12-9800 and A12-9800E models. A12-9800E processor runs at a base frequency of 3.1 GHz in Turbo mode it increases to 3.8 GHz. For A12-9800 AMD chose a base frequency of 3.8 GHz and Turbo 4,2 GHz. Compute Units Number of units at the GPU has been increased to eight. In A12-9800E GPU works at 900 MHz, at A12-9800 – to 1.108 GHz.
APU installed in Socket AM4 and rely on Excavator, supports memory up to DDR4-2400 good old computing architecture. Compared to the previous generation of AMD increased its single-threaded performance to 17%. The processors except Athlon X4 950 generation graphics core set GCN 3.0 with a clock frequency of 1.1 GHz.
As Intel Kaby Lake processors, AMD emphasizes hardware support and VP9 HEVC codecs APU Bristol Ridge, accelerating the decoding of high-definition video (4K). AMD indicates 27% improvement over its predecessor.
AMD has significantly improved efficiency as the previous generation APU worked with TDP up to 95 W TDP is now no more than 65 watts.
Of course, AMD has led its own tests that demonstrated distinct from Intel.
AMD A12-9800 processor (65W) compared to the Intel Core i5-6500 (65W), and A12-9800E (35W) – with the Core i5-6500T (35 W). A12-9800 processors and Core i5-6500 give identical performance in PCMark 8. But A12-9800E performance 17% higher than Core i5-6500T. AMD performance tests conducted in a relatively old 3DMark 11. A12-9800 showed approximately 100% better performance than the Core i5-6500, A12-9800E have an advantage over the Core i5-6500T was 88%.
Comparing the effectiveness of AMD replaced the Core i5-6500 to Core i5-6600K with TDP 91 Watts. 8 PCMark difference test was 32%, and in case A12-9800E efficiency exceeded 85% Core i5-6500 (65 W). A similar comparison was carried out as in Test 3DMark 11. APU AMD A12-9800 was at 150% more effective when the difference in performance of 78%. When comparing A12-9800E Core i5-6500 and we have the advantage of efficiency of 221% at a 73% difference in performance.
AMD will use the new Socket AM4 not only for Bristol Ridge processors, but also for the long-awaited Zen. The socket is designed to replace the old Socket AM3 + and FM2 +. So for AM4 will be available and APU, and a faster CPU. Of course, it requires and chipsets, and there just comes into play “Promontory”.
In addition to supporting DDR4 memory standard, modern, new APU / CPU different communication with the chipset via PCIe Gen3 channel. AMD has integrated into the platform technologies such as USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 3.1 Gen2, NVMe and SATA Express.
For entry-level AMD Introduces A320 chipset, which replaces the 760G and A68H. Chipset AMD-B350 comes to replace the AMD 970 and A78.
Interestingly, in the APU built-in support not only of eight Gen3 lines, but also four USB 3.1 Gen1 interfaces and two SATA 6G ports, optional available support NVMe or the PCIe Gen3 with x2 lines (20 Gbit / s). Dual-channel memory controller works with DDR4.
The younger A320 chipset available Interface USB 3.1 Gen2, two USB 3.1 Gen1 and up to six USB 2.0 ports. There are four lines of Gen2. The older B350 available for two port USB 3.1 Gen2 Gen2 and six lines. The rest we get the same two SATA 6 Gb / s interface and SATAE. To drive supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10.
AMD has improved the efficiency of not only the APU / CPU, and chipsets. The aging 970 chipset for Socket AM3 + worked with a comparatively high TDP 19,6 watts. A78 chipset for Socket FM2 + pleased already noticeably smaller TDP of 7.8 watts. The new chipset B350 further advanced performance with a TDP of only 5.8 Watt.
AMD has not yet announced a chipset for enthusiasts, which should start with the processors Zen. But it will certainly be better equipped. It has already appeared the first tests, in which AMD Zen processor provides the performance-level Core i7-6900K.